Shell Buys Electric Vehicle Charging Company Volta

Oil major Shell continues to build it’s renewable energy portfolio with the purchase of electric vehicle charging company Volta fort ~$169M. VLTA was trading higher at $0.8899 +0.1628 (+22.3903%)pre-market on the news. Volta (VLTA) went public in August 2021 as part of its merger with special purpose acquisition company TortoiseCorp II and briefly traded over $15 in 2021 with the SPAC mania. Under the deal terms, Shell USA Inc. (SHEL) will acquire all outstanding common shares of Volta (VLTA) at … Continue reading “Shell Buys Electric Vehicle Charging Company Volta”

Tesla Used Cars the Last Domino to Fall in Stock and Branding Rout

Tesla was the green technology, electric vehicle and ESG golden child run by the world’s living genius, then it all come back to earth swiftly. There are many facets of this fall, the last domino appears to be Tesla vehicles resale value. Used car prices in the US have gone from hyperinflation to deflation very quickly in 2022. In November’s CPI the used cars and trucks index declined 2.9% month-over-month and was down 3.3% year-over-year. However, used car prices this … Continue reading “Tesla Used Cars the Last Domino to Fall in Stock and Branding Rout”

NRG Energy to Buy Vivint Smart Home in $5.8 Billion Deal

NRG Energy Inc. on Tuesday said it agreed to buy Vivint Smart Home Inc., for $2.8 billion in cash the assumption of $2.4 billion of the company’s debt for a total deal value of $5.2 billion. NRG, which produces and sells energy services, said it would pay $12 a share for Vivint, a 33% premium to Vivint’s closing share price on Monday. NRG is effectively betting on the smart device market by buying $VVNT which offers integrated home systems that … Continue reading “NRG Energy to Buy Vivint Smart Home in $5.8 Billion Deal”

Shell to Buy Danish Biomethane Producer in $2 Billion Deal

Shell PLC is expanding its renewable energy portfolio buying Denmark’s Nature Energy Biogas A/S it said Monday. Nature Energy is Europe’s biggest producer of biomethane from organic waste. The renewable fuel can replace conventional natural gas in heavy road and marine transport, industry and heating. Shell’s acquisition follows BP agreeing to buy U.S. biogas producer Archaea Energy Inc. for $3.3 billion plus debt, for a total of $4.1 billion six weeks ago. Chevron Corp. earlier this year paid $3.15 billion … Continue reading “Shell to Buy Danish Biomethane Producer in $2 Billion Deal”

Algonquin Power & Utilities Stock Slumps 19.2% on Interest Rates and Renewable Energy Costs

Algonquin Power & Utilities reported a larger than forecast Q3 adjusted loss and cut its full-year earnings guidance on Friday. The release saw $AQN shares fall 19.2% to its lowest in four-and-a-half years in Friday’s trading. The utility cited challenging macroeconomic conditions and construction delays which it expects will continue into next year. The company said higher interest rates cost it $23.3M during the quarter, and the timing of tax incentives relative to some of its renewable energy projects cost … Continue reading “Algonquin Power & Utilities Stock Slumps 19.2% on Interest Rates and Renewable Energy Costs”

Phillips 66 Profits Soared as Refineries Run at Record Capacity Despite Crack Spread Falling

Houston based oil refiner Phillips 66 $PSX on Tuesday reported better than expected third quarter earnings of $5.4 billion compared with $402 million during the same period last year. Tight refining market supported high gasoline prices with refineries running at record levels this year, strong export demand amid a squeezed supply due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and plant closings. The composite global market crack actually fell 22% from $46.72 in the second quarter to $36.29 per barrel in the … Continue reading “Phillips 66 Profits Soared as Refineries Run at Record Capacity Despite Crack Spread Falling”

GM Secures Nickel and Cobalt for New EVs with Queensland Pacific Metals Investment

Auto giant GM on Tuesday announced a new strategic collaborative agreement to secure a source of nickel and cobalt with Australian company Queensland Pacific Metals. The deal secures a source of nickel and cobalt for the production of new GM Ultium batteries. GM’s goal is reaching 1 million units of EV production capacity in North America by mid-decade. $GM says the raw materials will be used in building a broad range of all-electric vehicles, including the Chevy Silverado EV, GMC … Continue reading “GM Secures Nickel and Cobalt for New EVs with Queensland Pacific Metals Investment”

Northern Xplorer to Build World’s First Zero Emission Hydrogen Powered Cruise Ship

Norwegian cruise venture Northern Xplorer (NX) and Portuguese shipbuilder West Sea have signed a Letter of Intent (LoI) for the construction of the world’s first zero-emission cruise ship. The vessel’s design features ABB’s fully electric propulsion system, including battery and hydrogen fuel cell technology that will enable to it to sail emissions-free in the Norwegian fjords and further afield. West Sea sims to build the 250-passenger vessel at its facility in Viana do Costello north of Porto for expected delivery … Continue reading “Northern Xplorer to Build World’s First Zero Emission Hydrogen Powered Cruise Ship”

Estonia has Filled Around Half of 1 TWh gas Storage Target for Winter

The government of Estonia announced it paid €63mn ($63.8mn) in its third tender for national gas storage this year to purchase 250GWh for its strategic reserve. This brings Estonia storage to near 50% of its 1 TWh gas procurement target with bought 200 GWh across two earlier tender rounds. The government disperses state funds through national agency Estonian Stockpiling Agency. The Estonian government has allocated €170mn of supplementary budget funds for the national strategic reserve this year. The reserve provides the … Continue reading “Estonia has Filled Around Half of 1 TWh gas Storage Target for Winter”

Renewables Sources Make Up 13% of Global Power Generation in 2021

The power generation blend in 2021 shows coal is still the dominant source with 36%, natural gas has increased to almost 23%. Every other major generation source of the mid-1980s has lost relative share and not all to gas. Renewable power is the other big improver, wind, solar, geothermal, biomass and small hydropower has grown from 0.8% of the world’s electricity mix to 13%. Renewables had just 0.8% market share globally in 1985. In 1985, coal-fired power was 38% of global electricity … Continue reading “Renewables Sources Make Up 13% of Global Power Generation in 2021”